Friday, November 06, 2009

Former Montreal Canadiens NHL stars to play in Moncton in support of local minor hockey

Several former NHL hockey stars – including Guy Lafleur and Patrice Brisebois – will be in Moncton later this month to take part in a “super fundraising” charity hockey game in support of various local minor hockey activities. The former NHL stars will face off against a team of doctors from southeastern New Brunswick.

The event is being organized by the Cora’s Moncton Peewee AAA Hawks and will take place on Thursday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at the Moncton 4-Plex. Funds raised during the event will go to support the Hawks as well as Right to Play (www.righttoplay.com), an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Three other partner teams will also benefit from the benefit game, including Dieppe-Memramcook Midget AA, Moncton Atom AA and Cap-Pelé Initiation.

The former Montreal Canadiens stars taking part in the game are:

• Guy Lafleur (NHL: 1971-1985, 1988-1991 / Montreal Canadiens: 1971-1985)
• Patrice Brisebois (NHL: 1990-2004, 2005-2009 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-2004, 2007-2009)
• Karl Dykhuis (NHL: 1991-1993, 1994-2004 / Montreal Canadiens: 1999-2004)
• Alain Côté (NHL: 1985-1994 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1992)
• Yves Racine (NHL: 1989-1990, 1991-1998 / Montreal Canadiens: 1994-1996 )
• Gilbert Delorme (NHL: 1981-1990 / Montreal Canadiens: 1981-1984)
• Richard Sévigny (NHL: 1979-1987 / Montreal Canadiens: 1979-1984)
• Gilbert Dionne (NHL: 1990-1996 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1995)
• Mario Roberge (NHL: 1990-1995 / Montreal Canadiens: 1990-1995)
• Sergio Momesso (NHL: 1983-1984, 1985-1997 / Montreal Canadiens: 1983-1984, 1985-1988)
• Gilles Thibaudeau (NHL: 1986-1991 / Montreal Canadiens: 1986-1989)

“This is a great opportunity to see many of the real superstars of the NHL live and in person,” said event organizer Denis Foulem. “These players are heroes to many of today’s young minor hockey players, and we’re thrilled to see them wanting to give their time to such a worthy cause. Their support of local minor hockey here in Greater Moncton will help us tremendously as our young player hone their skills to one day hopefully play in the NHL, as well.”

“We’re also pleased to be raising money for Right to Play, an incredible international organization that uses sports to change the lives of young people,” Mr. Foulem said. “This is exactly what minor hockey seeks to do, as well: make a difference in the lives of youth.”

Other activities taking place during the event to raise funds include a silent auction.

Tickets are on sale now and going fast, with only about 400 left out of a total of 1,500 available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Maritime Sports, 242 Lewisville Road, Moncton, and Danielle’s Flower Shop, 81 Champlain Street, Dieppe. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 506-855-0758 or by e-mailing monctonfundraising@gmail.com.

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